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Key Stage 5 Technology
KS5 Design Engineering
Design Engineering is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This course encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others' needs, wants, aspirations and values.
You would benefit most from a GCE in Design Engineering if you have already studied Design & Technology at GCSE and achieved a grade A* to B.
Design Engineering can lead to careers in most areas of Engineering including mechanical, electrical and systems engineering, as well as Product Design, Industrial Design, Production management courses, Materials and manufacturing and Vocational manufacturing.
Coursework (NEA) is a large part of this course and there is significant use of ICT for research and design purposes.
Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century Written examination: 3 hours
50% of qualification
The examination includes a mix of structured and extended writing questions assessing learners' knowledge and understanding of:
· Technical principles
· Designing and making principles
along with their ability to:
· Analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in Design and Technology
Component 2: Design and make project
Non-exam assessment: 80 hours
50% of qualification
A sustained design and make project, based on a brief developed by the candidate, assessing the candidate's ability to:
· Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities
· Design and make prototypes
· Analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology.
KS5 Fashion and Textiles Technology
Fashion and Textiles Technology examines the social, economic, and technological elements which influence the Textiles industry. You will gain an understanding of how market forces have driven consumer choices relating to fashion and functional use of fibres and fabrics.
You would benefit most from a GCE in Textiles Technology if you have already studied a Textile subject at GCSE and achieved a grade A*-C.
You will have the opportunity to develop new skills, work with a wide range of textile materials, use complex equipment and become independent learners, (we hope it will be fun as well!). You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own work and will find your teachers approachable and willing to offer help and advice.
Textile Technology can lead to careers in management, marketing and sales, advertising, administration, retailing, design, technical manufacture, fashion, textile conservation and theatre, TV and film production.
Coursework is a large part of this course and there is significant use of ICT for research and presentation purposes.
A levels have moved to a linear approach meaning that all examinations and assessments are taken at the end of the 2 year course. In the first year you will be completing a range of 'design and make' tasks to build technical skills and confidence, alongside studying a range of theory to prepare you for your examination.
During the second year you will complete your NEA (Non-exam assessment) which is worth 50% of the overall A Level alongside examination papers which are also weighted at 50%
Who can I speak to for more information?
For further information about A Level Textiles Technology please contact Miss Spaven, Course Leader for Textiles.